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'Montgomery Art Infusion' new show features jazz, local history through art and preservation of dinner theater

For Immediate Release: Friday, July 7, 2017

Montgomery Arts Infusion’ July episode features

a jazz encounter with Michael Bailey,

the local art of
Joseph Craig English and

the recipe to preserve dinner theaters
Collaborate effort of County’s PEG stations

focuses on arts and entertainment

in Montgomery County

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 6, 2017—Montgomery Arts Infusion (MAI), a monthly 15-minute show focusing on the arts and entertainment of Montgomery County—with in-depth stories of the people behind the arts—debuted its second edition this week on the cable stations that compose the County’s PEG (Public/Education/Government) network. This edition features Michael Bailey and his passion for jazz, the determination of Washington Grove artist Joseph Craig English to preserve Montgomery County history through his works and the efforts to keep alive the flickering stage lights of dinner theater. Sportscaster/actor Johnny Holliday joins the show to talk about the importance of dinner theaters in his career.


MAI is a collaborate effort of the County’s PEG network that includes County Cable Montgomery (CCM—County Government); MCM (Montgomery Community Media—public access); MCTV (Montgomery College); MCPS TV (Montgomery County Public Schools); Rockville 11 (the City of Rockville) and Takoma Park TV (the City of Takoma Park). CCM and MCM are leading the project.


Michael Bobbitt, who is known throughout the Washington region as an outstanding director, choreographer and performer—and who is now the artistic director of Adventure Theatre / Musical Theater Center—is the host of MAI. In this show, he visits Rockville’s historic Glenview Mansion.


The MAI web site that includes links to each segment of the show and the listings of upcoming July arts and entertainment events can be found at MAInfusion.org .


The new edition of MAI includes producer Michael Bailey’s passion to spread his love of jazz, including his drive to introduce jazz to a new generation of musicians. He mixes more than 30 years of experience in the communications industry and arts management to make all things jazzier. Among his current projects is a show on Montgomery Community Media television.


Montgomery College’s program to keep alive dinner theaters is the subject of another MAI story. Dinner theater—where the local actors also serve dinner to the attendees—once was prevalent throughout the Washington area. Slowly, the concept dwindled, but Montgomery College is in its 40th year of teaching theater production in conjunction with learning how to serve a three-course meal. Sportscaster Johnny Holliday, who once was a long-time dinner theater star at the Harlequin Dinner Theater in Rockville, is featured talking about how his time on stage influenced other aspects of his career.


MAI also visited with Washington Grove-based artist Joseph Craig English, who preserves the historic architecture and unforgettable scenes of Montgomery County through his prints, paintings and sculptures. County Councilmember Sidney Katz talks about the importance of English’s work.


The show also includes a video look at the recent Silver Spring Blues Festival, which turned Downtown Silver Spring into an urban amphitheater.


Among the stations that will be broadcasting MAI throughout the month is CCM, the County Government’s station. The channel can be viewed on Cable Channels 996 (high definition) and 6 (standard definition) on Comcast; Channels 1056 (HD) and 6 (SD) on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon. MAI can be viewed on CCM in July on Sundays at 1and 8 p.m.; Mondays at 9 p.m.; Wednesdays at 12 noon and 10 p.m.; Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.; Fridays at 12 noon and 8 p.m.; and Saturdays at 6 p.m.

The entire MAI show can be viewed online at http://tinyurl.com/y95o3knb .

Phyllis Armstrong was the reporter/producer and Nicholas Rhule was the videographer/editor of the “Joy of Jamming” feature on Michael Bailey. It can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/y9ptf6ml .

Crystal Park was the reporter/producer, Sean Gilfillan of ZHM Mediaworks was the videographer/editor and Roman Holton of ZHM was the executive producer of “Dinner Theaters.” It can be viewed at https://youtu.be/K4cIMR62PQM .

Susan Kenedy was the reporter/producer and Mike Springirth was the videographer/editor of the segment on Joseph Craig English’s “History in Art.” It can be viewed at https://youtu.be/vbo1lTCsFts .

Loren Olson was the videographer/editor of the video view of the Silver Spring Jazz Festival. It can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/yayn85oo .

A new edition of Montgomery Arts Infusion will be available at the start of each month.

Release ID: 17-222
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 2407777926